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Rain Forest Restoration Initiative (RFRI)

The Rainforestation Information Portal was created by the Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI), in cooperation with the other members of the Rain Forest Restoration Initiative (RFRI), a network of organizations and individuals from the academe, peoples' organizations, non-government organizations, and business sector engaged in environmental conservation, research and development. Together, we are working to advance and promote Rainforestation as a strategy to rehabilitate degraded landscapes and restore key ecosystem services and functions while providing forest-dependent communities with an alternative source of livelihood. RFRI consists of the following organizational and individual members, and their many non-member partners:

Organizational Members

Logos for the College of Forestry & Natural Resource, and University of the Philippines-Los BañosCollege of Forestry & Natural Resources,
University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB-CFNR):

The College is one of the oldest degree-granting units of UPLB and is widely considered one of the nation’s finest as it was recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Excellence in forestry education in 2000. The CFNR’s programs are at the forefront of teaching, research, and extension in silviculture, ecology, physiology, agroforestry, pulp and paper technology, and other aspects of natural resources management, as well as policy formulation, economics, and community development. For more information about CFNR, visit http://www.cfnr.uplb.edu.ph

Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc. (EDNP)Earth Day Network Philippines logo
EDNP is a non-profit, non-stock corporation with more than two thousand members from different sectors of Philippine society, including local government units, businesses, churches and schools. EDNP members work together to promote environmental protection and conservation and celebrate Earth Day to highlight their successes of the past year. One ENDP campaign, TREES4Life: Tubong Pinoy Movement, fosters the propagation, planting and nurturing of indigenous and endemic tree species and the popularization of their use in different tree conservation activities. For more information about ENDP, please visit http://earthdayphilippines.org/the-network

Energy Development Corporation (EDC):EDC Binhi logo
EDC is a global diversified renewable energy company. Its portfolio includes geothermal, solar, wind and hydro power projects across the country in Sorsogon City, Manito in Albay, Ormoc City, Kananga in Leyte, Kidapawan City in North Cotabato, Valencia in Negros Oriental, Burgos in Ilocos Norte, Pantabangan in Nueva Ecija. For the past 4 decades, EDC has been an advocate of Philippine native tree species in all reforestation projects and watershed areas under its jurisdiction. This includes the flagship environmental program called BINHI, which has four (4) modules with varying objectives. 1) Tree of Life aims to reforest degraded lands through assisted natural regeneration or Rainforestation farming, 2) Tree for Food establishes forest plantations and agroforestry to provide alternative livelihood to farmers and communities, 3) Tree for Leisure develops geothermal project areas as ecotourism destinations, and 4) Tree for the Future aims to rescue and secure 96 threatened Philippine native tree species. These initiatives form part of our watershed management activities and biodiversity conservation efforts across all EDC sites, wherein we prioritize the use of different Philippine native tree species including those with threatened status. For more information about EDC, please visit http://www.energy.com.ph/

Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI): Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative logo
ELTI is a joint program that combines the unique strengths of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to enhance environmental management and leadership capacity in the tropics by offering cutting-edge learning and networking opportunities aimed at improving biodiversity conservation and human welfare. For more information about ELTI, visit http://environment.yale.edu/elti

Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE):Foundation for the Philippine Environment logo
FPE was established on January 15, 1992 to help mitigate the destruction of Philippine's natural resources. FPE was created through a process of nationwide consultations with 334 Philippine non-government organizations (NGOs) and peoples' organizations (POs), and 24 academic institutions. The Philippine NGOs and POs took the lead in conceptualizing and organizing FPE and its subsequent program directions. The collective efforts of the Philippine and the United States government agencies and NGOs paved the way for the funding of FPE, making it the first grant-making institution for the environment in the Philippines. For more information about FPE, visit http://www.fpe.ph

Haribon Foundation logoHaribon Foundation:
Haribon is the Philippines’ pioneer environmental organization. Haribon practically gave birth to the Philippine environmental movement. Hatched in 1972, the organization and the individuals it trained and nurtured were instrumental in the formation of other environmental organizations in the country. Haribon has been instrumental as well in the massive promotion of Rainforestation as a strategy for Philippine forest restoration through its Road to 2020 Campaign, a movement launched in 2005 to restore one million hectares of rainforests in the country. For more information about Haribon, visit http://www.haribon.org.ph

Logos for the Institute of Tropical Ecology and Visayas State UniversityInstitute of Tropical Ecology & Environmental Management, Visayas State University (VSU-ITEEM):
The Institute of Tropical Ecology & Environmental Management at VSU in Baybay, Leyte, was established in 1998 to sustain the ecological research and development activities of the University. In partnership with the Deutsche Gesselschaft fuer Technische Zuzammenarbeit (GTZ), it conceptualized and established “Rainforestation Farming” in the early 1990s as a way to integrate sustainable food production with biodiversity protection and balanced ecosystem functions. The Institute continues to play a major role in developing and further refining Rainforestation (RF) through ongoing research and extension activities. It also promotes the dissemination and implementation of RF throughout the Philippines through trainings, cross visits, and by providing technical assistance to RF implementers. For more information about VSU, visit http://www.vsu.edu.ph

National Power Corporation (NPC):National Power Corporation logo
The NPC is a government-owned and -controlled corporation, created under the 1971 Republic Act 6395. NPC is mandated under its charter to undertake the development of hydroelectric, nuclear, geothermal, and other forms of power generation to provide an adequate supply of electric power nationwide. NPC is undertaking wide-scale forest restoration as a way to protect the watersheds on which their power generation plants are dependent. For more information about NPC, visit http://www.napocor.gov.ph/

Non-Timber Forest Products-Task Force logoNon-Timber Forest Products-Task Force (NTFP-TF):
The NTFP-TF is a collaborative network of Philippine grassroots-based non-government organizations and peoples' organizations. The Task Force was established to address the emerging livelihood needs of upland forest peoples, particularly those who depend on NTFPs. The Task Force focuses on NTFP development and management issues in the context of sustainable tropical forest management. The Task Force also works closely with the NTFP-Exchange Programme for South and Southeast Asia (NTFP-EP). For more information about NTFP-TF, visit http://www.ntfp.org/sub.php?gosub=info-nbta

Philippine Eagle Foundation logoPhilippine Eagle Foundation (PEF):
The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the IUCN “critically endangered” Philippine Eagle and its rainforest habitat. By using the eagle as a conservation flagship, PEF is doing actions that benefit not only the country’s national bird, but also the Philippine tropical forests, the biodiversity it contains, and upland communities with whom the eagle shares its habitat. PEF is implementing a community-based forest rehabilitation and restoration project in Arakan, North Cotabato by building a forest corridor which will link isolated eagle territories. For more information about PEF. For more information about PEF, visit www.philippineeagle.org

Philippine Federation for Environmental Concerns (PFEC):
Philippine Federation for Environmental Concerns logo Established in 1979, PFEC was the first environmental network in the Philippines, bringing together more than 200 NGOs and Peoples Organizations (POs). PFEC’s mission is to raise environmental consciousness and stimulate concerted efforts to find appropriate actions and solutions to environmental issues and concerns. Since the mid-1990s, PFEC has focused its energies on forestry issues and providing services to POs engaged in community-based forestry.  For more information about PFEC, visit http://philippine-environment.org

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, Inc. (PNPCSI):Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, Inc. logoFormed in 2007, PNPCSI is a professional organization which aims to foster an understanding and appreciation of the Philippines' native flora and its habitats. PNPCSI promotes this conservation agenda through the following major thrusts: 1) Educational activities devoted to natural history appreciation of indigenous flora; 2) Promotion of natural forest restoration and responsible use of Philippine native plants in landscaping and horticulture; 3) Raising public awareness of the relationship between plant diversity and traditional culture; and 4) Mutual help and mentorship in botany, plant cultivation/propagation, landscaping, forest restoration, and related fields. For more information about PNPCSI, visit https://www.facebook.com/PNPCSI

Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF): Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation logo
The Foundation was established under two bilateral agreements between the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines under the US Tropical Forest Conservation Act. The principal objective of the Foundation is to provide grants to projects that aim to conserve, maintain, or restore tropical forests in the Philippines. For more information about PTFCF, visit http://www.ptfcf.org

Reina Federation of Parents Associations, Inc.Reina Federation logo
The Reina Federation is a duly registered non-stock, non-profit federation of three (3) parents associations currently operating in 26 villages in Real, Infanta and General Nakar (ReINa). The Federation envisions safe and progressive communities of Real, Infanta and General Nakar ensuring holistic development of children. For more information about Reina Federation, visit http://www.reinafed.org

Individual Members

Ms. Ester Batangan:
Rainforestation Advocate

Dr. Perry Ong:
Professor, Institute of Biology, University of Philippines-Diliman